Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
- No bit to warm up in the wintertime
- If the horse physically can't carry a bit comfortably, this is a good alternative
- Personally when I see a horse going bitless, I think "well, why can't it work in a bit?" Of course if it can work in a bit as well as a bitless, my opinion changes, but if the horse only works in a bitless, that's a big red flag for me.
- Many types of competition won't allow bitless bridles
- Many times a rider switches to bitless in lieu of finding out what's really wrong with the horse; i.e. if the horse tosses the head while being ridden, it could be a saddle or headstall fit problem, or maybe the horse's teeth need to be done, or perhaps there's something going on that requires a chiropractor... and they switch to a bitless instead of getting to the root of the problem.
There are many different kinds of bitless bridles:
- Hackamores (Parelli does NOT fall into this category, his "hackamore" is just a rope halter, it is NOT a hackamore.)
- English bitless (basically a sidepull, but for English horses)
- "Name brands" like Nurtural Horse, Dr Cook, etc.
Keep in mind that a bit is NOT an evil torture device.... ha.
Why are you thinking of switching to bitless in the first place? (out of plain curiosity)
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